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Petrus Oud Bruin - De Brabandere

Petrus Oud BruinPetrus Oud Bruin

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BA SCORE
83
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956 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 956
Reviews: 536
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%


Brewed by:
De Brabandere visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Oud Bruin |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2002)
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark red brew with a nice head. Aroma of cherry (probably from coming from the oak) with acidic taste. Body is a bit light and no complexity. I would have appreciated a bit more spice or aftertaste. Overall, this is a very average oud brun and I won't be seeking this one anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2004 16:30:38 | More by Phyl21ca
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a nice deep brown pour with a medium tan head.

Smell: an exceptionally tart nose....sweet n sour....strong cherry notes and hints of tart raspberry. some woody hints as well.

Taste: again with the Petrus beers it seems that the nose is the highlight and the taste leaves much to be desired. The taste maintained it's cherry & woody characteristics but they were sverley toned down on the palate and faded much too quickly. A dry and woody finish which was most pleasant.

Mouthfeel: somewhat lively and fresh. a dry and crisp finish.

Drinkablilty: better than the Triple and Speciale. not bad.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2003 20:32:53 | More by Popsinc
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BeerManDan

California

1.6/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

When poured it showed a medium amber brown with very little foam. The smell of a spicy hop filled my nose which was the tops of this beer. The taste was of a tart sour beer that had be aged to long and saw the sink drain before the first sip settled on my palate. Blah, what an awful beer to put on the market. One on my 10 most awful beers on my list!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2003 06:12:40 | More by BeerManDan
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CharlesRiver

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really don't have any idea what to expect with this beer. This is the first of this style that I have tried. Pours a slightly cloudy reddish-brown color. Not much of a head that goes away fast. The smell is a bit like ketchup? First taste, WOW. I really like it. So smooth. Sour and tart in the beginning with a citrus ending. All beers that have been exposed to wood have a common flavor to me. I like that flavor, especially the oakier flavors.

This beer is amazing. I want more.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2003 01:06:42 | More by CharlesRiver
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Decent looking beer – clear, dark red-brown. Gives up a nice full tan head and steady lace.

Smells of fruit, minerals, wood. Cherry or sour apple scents.

Comes across the palate almost like a cider. Distinct sour apple and vinegar notes on top of initial sweetness. Reminds me of an apple wine I had a bad experience with as a youth. Feels thin on the mouth.

Too sour for my liking and too close in character to a cider. Not something I'd share with my friends.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2003 03:31:50 | More by TerryW
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Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice.
Dark brown offering with a short tan head.
Island lace is also limited within seconds and the ring is medium.
Carbonation is also light.
Body is a medium/full.
Nose is crisp and clean.
The taste is of a dry black cherry wine with linger.
Mouthfeel has a syrupy cling as well which seems to be it's only drawback IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2003 05:34:42 | More by Shiloh
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich coppery-brown color with fluffy light tan head. Globule yeast cloud left in suspension. Tart and sour aromas mixed with a bit of not-fully-ripened bing cherry. Almost like opening a big bag of "Sour Patch Kids" at the movie theatre. Sweet, malty and a touch sour in the taste. The faintest taste of a mineral based water in there, too. The aroma's definitely bigger on the sour note than the taste. Oak barrel aging is most prevalent. Oak is pourous and allows oxygen to pass through which "in essence" adversely affects beer in a negatively way. It subsequentially creates lactic acid, which could be a serious off-flavor in most beers, but a Flemish Brown/Red is supposed to be this way. This example is a close-to-perfect style of this beer. I've enjoyed this beer on draft, but I feel the bottle has a slight edge. Very fine brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2003 09:11:01 | More by crookedhalo
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marc77

California

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy garnet hue. Thin, but persistent light beige head leaves lace. Waft of lacto fermented prune juice like tartness hits the nose upfront. Acidity tapers quickly in aroma, yielding to a mellow suggestion of molasses sweetened pear cider and trace notes of tannic oak. Pleasant, but a touch one dimensional aromawise. Snap of acetic tartness initially in flavor softens abruptly, and couples with caramelized, dark candi sugar sweetness to lend a gentle, sweetsour citric character. Understated notes of dry cocoa and raisin surface mid palate, bolstering malt and fruit character, respectively. Lightly bodied overall, but sufficiently dextrinous in mouthfeel to lend an agreeably soft mouthfeel. Finishes slightly savory, with fleeting notes of wood and salt. A relatively simple, but enjoyable old brown. Shallow in acidity, but refreshing and light on the palate. Quite a tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2003 03:08:46 | More by marc77
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saltydog

New York

3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very red, slight head, clear. Aroma: Intensely sour wood aromatics some malt sweetness. Flavor: Very sweet tasting. Woody sourness apparent in aroma is oddly very lacking in flavor-a surprise, and a big dissappointment. Finish: Blandly sweet finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2003 01:47:48 | More by saltydog
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Nice dark brown body with a decent head.

Smell – Lively mix of malt covered in sour candy. There are some light fruits in there as well, but the overpowering sour sugar dominates this aroma.

Taste – The traditional flavors wimp out at the tongue. The sourness is there with a decent malt base, but it’s very light and watery. After drinking their Aged Ale bottle, this offering disappoints.

Mouthfeel – Nice, tight carbonation and some reasonable sourness help along this ale, but the thinness of the body all but ruins the effort.

Drinkability – I’ll stick with the Aged Ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2003 00:21:51 | More by RoyalT
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark ruby red with a small head but very lacy. Smells very very fruity. Sour apple with an underlying sweetness. A bit of malt.

Taste is appley and yeasty but a bit watery. Better as it warms. Gets more sour and a bit maltier. Still tastes a bit like watered down Goudenband. Quite thin body and not much aftertaste.

This is OK but could be a bit more flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2003 23:40:14 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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beerguy101

California

2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Possible over the hill bottle. Dark brown color, small head, vinous aroma. Full flavored brown ale, some oak character. Deep malt flavor. Very mild and smooth taste. Mouthfeel is a little thin, expected it to be fuller from the taste. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is vinous and a little malty. Note: There was a lot of soild yucky looking sediments in the bottom of the glass. Old beer or natural for this beer? Need to retaste.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2003 02:56:18 | More by beerguy101
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jcalabre

California

2.53/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I originally sampled this beer on 13 November 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
I had this beer at a Belgian Beer tasting at Hi Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, California. Among the ten or twelve beers we sampled (the tasting was sponsored by a distributor, so it was their product line) was this Petru Oud Bruin. In short, like the other Belgians that night, None of these was a world class beer, most were second or third tier beer.
This beer was light bodied, had no nose and had a slightly nutty flavor. I'd recommend looking at reviews for others in this style, if you're interested in trying it.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2003 20:12:50 | More by jcalabre
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a murky brown to amber in color. Topped by a thin wispy head. Smells tart and vinuous. The first impression is that this beer is lightly sour, not as much as I was expecting from this beer. A fairly dry beer as well. At first, when cold, there is not too much flavor. It is lightly carbonated, with notes of sour plum in it, as it warms up. It does become slightly more sour as well, and it becomes a bit fuller in the mouth. Overall a fairly simplistic version of a sour Flemish ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2003 16:52:47 | More by Gueuzedude
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ADR

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky clove brown appearance with a nice rising tan head that's slick and creamy. Arching laces. Very sharp aroma, apple vinegar and sport peppers. Interesting flavors, tartness, some sense of raisin and fruitcake and a bit of beef stake. Finishes on a citric note with a bare metallic astringency and a malty catch in the back of the throat. Nicely carbonated, bring some life to what could be too harsh. Interestingly balanced. The small bottle is about the right amount to my tastes, can't say it is remarkably drinkable.

Source: Liquid Solutions

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2003 14:43:28 | More by ADR
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putnam

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

dark brown with blood highlights,

smells like dark linen sheets of pressed morello cherries...& ginger rum cake with blisters of melting chocolate.
smells sour, tastes soft.
"a cleaned-up rodenbach"
smells like cherry-colored sparklers on the 4th of July.
Even, subtle, cherry juice flavors together with burned graham crackers, chimney and rye cracker tease lightly until the all-too-soon finish of mineral water flushes the palate. Maybe I'm a sucker for the style, but it's a good beer. Watered down vis a vis Rodenbach or Liefmans but soulful nevertheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2003 23:31:53 | More by putnam
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Elemental

Oregon

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation - a 8.4 oz bottle with a drawing of the oak casks used to age the ale

Appearance - A nice dark brown that pours with a nice mellow head

Smell - Slightly woody as you would expect from something aged in a oak cask for two years. Slightly floural with a hint of sourness.

Taste - sweet and malty. not very bitter and not to spicy with a hint of citrus. A bit woody making the beer nice and flavorful. the only down fall is that its a bit too sour for me once the sweetness wears off.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2003 04:09:31 | More by Elemental
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waughbrew

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

medium head, leaves lace. dark reddish rust color. beautiful smell of acidity from the wood, aome raisins from the dark malts. taste is very pleasant and balanced. The finish is a little too quick and simple, kind of reminds me of a beer using 1056 yeast, although I very much doubt that they do. medium body, medium viscosity. This beer is very drinkable and I would have it often if it were not so expensive.

[$2.84 american dollars for 8.4 fl. oz. bottle]

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2003 02:28:31 | More by waughbrew
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DrunkenPanther

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a chocolately brown with a thin lacy head and tiny Belium bubbles.

Scent was a light and tart smell. Very crisp, but also very light. Was not overpowering at all and did not really give away to how sour the taste may be.

The taste was crisp and light. The draft I had was served at a pretty chilled temperature, so that may have had something to do with how crisp it was. It does leave a sour aftertaste that goes away quickly.

Very good sour beer for those who would like to try a sour, but are not ready for the super sour beers like a Berliner Weiss style.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2003 16:07:14 | More by DrunkenPanther
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Hhawk06

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was excited to crack into this one as it came in a small 8.4 oz. bottle. I was expecting great things from small packages. The label claims the beer has been aged 2 years, interesting enough. Anyway, it poured with a pure brown look, nothing more or less. It smells of an old fruit covered cask, yum. I immediately sensed some candy-like aspects on contact. Sparkling sweet overtones layers nicely on a dull subtle cherry wood essence. This is a well planned, top notch brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2003 09:20:18 | More by Hhawk06
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elmocoso

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was one of my first attempts at a Belgian, and i wasn't let down. What an interesting beverage. Complex, different, and a perfect beer to sip and reflect on all of the merits of beer.

There was a great tartness in all of the characteristics of this beverage.

It poured a beautiful rich dull brown that looked quite hazy, almost like a chocolate milk. I see from other reviews that it has been described as clear. My impression could have been from the lack of lights in the bar i was in. There was a niced little head reduced to a collar and it was absalutly beautiful all around.

The taste was sharp and bit on the side of the tounge, but not in a bad way. It was complex and had a wonderful tartness and a mild taste of alcohol.

The aroma was also tart and sharp in the nose, but every whif begged for a drink and i was more than happy to comply.

Overall, this is a great sipper and wonderfull treat after dinner, before dinner or durring dinner. It is also a wonderful introduction to Belgian beers and i cant wait to travel the long Belgian road.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2003 08:17:35 | More by elmocoso
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The only beer that I have ever tried to compare to this beer is the Goudenband, and I really didn't like it very sour. However, the Petrus Oud Bruin definitely found acceptance with my palate and found a spot as one of my favorite most unique beers I have tasted in awhile. Served in a nice sized goblet, this beer gives of a slightly tinted amber brown with an off white rising head. The aroma is that of fruit and malt sweetness, and I found no sourness at all to the smell. The first sip was very sweet, and the fruit and candi sugar sweetness complements with a tart apple sharpness that is very enjoyable. A well done belgium brew that I find may be on of the best, especially within it's style. A medium bodied brew with a pretty good drinkability leaves a nice dryness. The drinkability would be a lot higher, but the sourness may be hard to handle after a few of these.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2003 13:06:17 | More by WVbeergeek
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49degrees

British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My second Bavik (Petrus) from a lot of 3 different bottles I picked up a couple of weeks ago. After being severely disappointed in the first [Winterbier] I was hesitant in tackling the second. This one thankfully, was considerably better but still failed to offer up everything that I would have hoped for in a Belgian brew. [While I'm no Belgian beer expert, I've had the opportunity to enjoy more than 25 different Belgian brews to this point, of which most presented very consistent characteristics that made me and like many other beer fans, instant Belgian beer fans).

Petrus Old Brown is packaged in a very small 8.4fl oz brown bottle with a foil capped enclosure. On opening the brew delivered a brief spritz (almost pop like) and gave off a very very sour aroma.

Pours an exceptionally dark brown color with a big bubbly, oily brown head that slowly gave way to a foamy surface cover along with extensive glass lacing. Thankfully this one doesn't suffer from the beavy of yeast particles that their Winterbier had.

Quite aromatic with heavy fruity aromas similar to that of fruit cake, extensive malty smells, and even a slight burnt toastiness to it.

Taste wise, the brew is suprisingly mellow. Quite reserved in characteristics but also very oily for a beer, but I found that the oily complexure here wasn't quite like that of a Stout.. Lots of fruity flavors run through the palette like blood orange, cherry, figs and prunes. There is definitely some yeast in the flavor, but not in the texture (a nice plus). Interestingly, although this one is promoted as "aged in oak casks for 2 years," it does not delivery a heavy oak flavor in the palette, although there is a slight hint in it, don't expect an oaky hit like you'll get in some of the drier Chardonnay wines on the market.

Compared to my first Petrius experience, this one was considerably better, but still not deliverying everything that I'd hoped for. Still, if you're looking for something different, this is still soemthing worth a closer look.

[ STATS:>> SERVING: 8.4 oz bottle / ABV: 5.5% / PRICE: $2.89 USD ]

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2003 17:42:12 | More by 49degrees
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up 3 Bavik beers from the Petrus range tonight.
The first of these is the Petrus Old Brown Ale (Aged in Oak Casks for 2 Years), listed as 5.5% ABV and comes in a small 8.4 fl.oz. bottle with a dark copper foil cap.
The body of the beer is a lovely brown color, not much of a surprise there then (LOL). It is exceptionally clear and really looks the part. Head is a very thin collar, but an incredibly resilient, ever present smooth tan coating.
Aromas are – Ah Yes, Aged Brown Ale!!!. Initial smells remind me of a Malt Vinegar soaked plate of Tripe, mixed with the deep nose of rustic wood shavings that have been left outside near a chopping block after being left in the rain for a few days. This in turn is all intermingled with a refreshing hint of a rather spritzy fresh young lambic. Marvelous! A quick swirl reveals intense carbonation within the beer; this continually comes out of solution when swirled and replenishes the rather thin, but always whole, head.
Note: This is actually a give away that is a “blended” Brown Ale, where aged Brown Ale is actually blended with a younger Brown – this invigorates the beer somewhat before bottling when additional CO2 may be added. Déjà vu > Gueuze ????
Initial impressions are of the high carbonation and the fresh lively mouthfeel this beer has as soon as it hits the tongue and inner cheeks. The effervescence contributes to this beers lovely silky mouth coating quality. Quite intense at first. A slight malt dominated sourness introduces the front of the beer, dare I say that is a sourness that is more of a commercially acceptable one, but nevertheless well placed. Middle is dark, slight fruitiness with wooden hints that lead to a quick finish that sometimes feels dry. Aftertaste in the mouth can last for some time after the beer has been consumed.
This would be a great “bridge” beer for anyone that has not had a ‘real’ Flemish Red Ale. All the tastes are here, but in a controlled manner. Certainly this beer should be on the road along traditional Flemish Red Ale and a stop off point before you tackle its more intense style counter parts Rodenbach Grand Cru, and at the journeys end, the irrepressible Duchesse de Bourgogne.
That said this is still a fine Old Brown Ale & very accomplished.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2003 20:28:53 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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zerk

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown with a thin cream colored head that leaves quite a bit of lace. Aroma is sour... with some apple and spice. Flavor begins with some vinegar sourness, and some dried prune, caramel, and apple notes... also has a peppery spiciness to the finish. Has a thin and spritzy body... almost like a sparkling wine. A nice rendition of a Flanders Ale, but not something I'm likely to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2003 19:07:14 | More by zerk
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